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Students reach their fullest potential when they have a strong support network. From parents and family members to educators and community leaders, it takes everyone. #SOSevery1

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On April 14th, 2016, Education Nation and WBAL 11 hosted a parent town hall on supporting students in Baltimore and beyond. The live conversation is over, but you can watch videos of the entire event here.

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Missed the live event? Read the recap here and continue the conversation on social channels by using the hashtag #SOSevery1.

Panels and Topics

Moderated by NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis
  • Parents are Powerful

    Parent involvement has often been cited as one of the keys to helping students perform academically and socially.  This panel discussion offered a broad overview of the topic of parent engagement, explored some of the specific efforts underway in Baltimore City and County aimed at increasing parent involvement.

    Panelists:

    Dr.Joyce Epstein
    Director, Center on School, Family, & Community Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University


    Sue Hahn
    Specialist, Office of Family and Community Engagement, Baltimore County School District


    Joseph Jones
    Founder, President & CEO, Center for Urban Families


    Jonathon Rondeau
    CEO and President, Family League of Baltimore


    Resources

  • Healthy Living, Happy Kids

    The World Health Organization stresses that one of the most effective ways to help youth reach their full academic potential is to reduce health disparities. How can schools, parents and community members work together to implement health and wellness programs to ensure all students are reaching their full potential? This panel discussed just that. 

    Panelists:

    Shareki Chaney
    Community Parent Liaison, Rales Center


    Brooke McCauley
    Senior Manager, Maryland Hunger Solutions


    Alan McLain
    Youth Health Organizer, Baltimore City Health Department


    Shellie Pfohl
    Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition


    Resources

  • Beyond the Classroom

    While most schools and parents focus on supporting children’s academic success, far less time is usually spent on children’s social and emotional development. This panel delved into the different aspects of social and emotional development, and highlighted innovative programs that are working with parents and students.

    Panelists:

    Michelle Becote-Jackson
    Senior VP of Youth Development and Social Responsibility, The Y in Central Maryland


    Steve Ferrara
    Vice President, Research on Next Generation Learning and Assessment, Pearson


    Sean Slade
    Dir. of Outreach and Whole Child, ASCD


    Henriette Taylor
    Community School Coordinator, The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary


    Presentation:

    Dr. Michele Borba
    Child Psychologist and Author, "Unselfie”


    Resources

  • Education as Empowerment

    The death of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed had a profound impact not only on the city as a whole, but also on its students. With the one-year anniversary of the events approaching, this panel looked at how schools and the community are helping Baltimore students not only move forward, but feel empowered.

    Panelists:

    Ericka Alston
    Founder, Kids Safe Zone


    Derrell Bradford
    Executive Director, NYCAN


    Lt. Col. Melvin Russell
    Chief, Community Partnership Division, Baltimore City Police Department


    Hassan Charles
    Executive Director, Office of Engagement, Baltimore City Schools


    Resources

  • Advocating for Equity

    In theory, the American public school system should provide every child with a high-quality education. But in reality, some schools are very high performing, and others are struggling. As a parent, how can you be the best advocate for your child? What are Baltimore City and County schools and school districts doing to give every child the best education possible?

    Panelists:

    Dr. Dallas Dance
    Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools


    Sarah Hemminger
    CEO and Co-Founder, Thread


    David Johns
    Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans


    Joe Manko
    Principal, Liberty Elementary School


    Resources

  • Dream Big, Start Now

    With a number of Baltimore’s students being the first in their families to go to college, they need a lot of information and guidance to make their dreams a reality. But whether they’re first-generation or not, the road to higher education is complicated.  This panel showcased ways parents and students can navigate the path and attain higher education. 

    Panelists:

    Verlando Brown
    Founder, First-Generation Baltimore


    Cassie Motz
    Executive Director, CollegeBound Foundation


    Eric Waldo
    Executive Director, First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative


    Resources

Family Stories

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